Columbus Blue Jackets G Matiss Kivlenieks dies in ‘firework accident’

According to reports, Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks has died at the age of 24 after a tragic accident that may have involved fireworks in Novi, Michigan.

From Detroit News:

“Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier said multiple people were in a hot tub when there was, “from what we can tell,” a fireworks incident. In attempting to get out of the hot tub, Kivlenieks slipped and hit his head on concrete, Meier said.

Police received the call shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Kivlenieks was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, and the investigation remains open, Meier said. Meier declined to say whose home Kivlenieks was at for the July 4 gathering.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Kivlenieks.